Mooney, Monday September 30th 2013



Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

On Mooney today...

Derek and Brenda spent the day at Croke Park, at the Ladies All Ireland Football Final, and we get to hear players, fans and those who support and sustain ladies GAA all year round. The great Finbar Furey joins us for a chat and some tunes, and it's competition time! Win tickets for Saturday night's Big Music Week grand finale concert in Dublin's Vicar St!

Win A Fuel Stove With Waterford Stanley & National Heat Month

All this week, Monday to Thursday, Mooney is teaming up with Waterford Stanley, the Irish manufacturer of expertly crafted, fuel-efficient, cast iron stoves, to celebrate National Heat Month in October. National Heat Month runs across nineteen Stanley Centres nationwide promoting home-heating efficiency and reductions on stoves.

And to celebrate National Heat Month in October, Waterford Stanley is giving you the chance to win a fabulous Stanley Cara Insert Solid Fuel Stove in Matt Black worth over €1,000 and €250 towards installation.

Waterford Stanley are the Irish manufacturer of expertly crafted, fuel-efficient, cast iron stoves. Stanley Stoves are up to three times more energy efficient than open fires while maintaining the warmth and visual benefits.

For your chance to win today's prize, answer the following competition question:

Monday, September 30th:

Stan Laurel was one half of which famous comedy duo?

If you think you know the answer, call or text the competition line:

ROI: 1515 71 72 00
NI: 0901 293 3501
text MOONEY followed by your answer and name to 57111 (NI and ROI)

Each text entry cost €1 (incl VAT) or GBP £1.00. Calls from the eircom network will cost €1.02 (incl VAT) and from a BT landline will cost GBP £1.02.Calls from other networks and from mobiles will cost more.

Please note, the person named in the entry must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry.

Competition lines open from 2pm and close at 4.20pm today, (30/09/13) Please do not enter outside of the advertised competition window as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included. From time to time, these open/close times may vary. Any change to the standard open/close times will be announced here and on the show. The lucky cash prize winner will be announced on-air towards the end of Mooney each day!


Call Service Provider: Phonovation. Tel: 0818 217 100.

Text Service Provider: Xiam Interactive. Tel: 01 4832010 / 08454 606909.

Please do not enter outside the advertised competition open and close times and date(s) as you will be charged, but your entry will not be included in the draw. Please do not enter during programme replays on the RTÉ Radio Player after the advertised close time and date as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included as the competition will have closed.

Entrants must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry and a resident of the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland in order to qualify as the prize winner.

Promoter reserves the right to request proof of age, verifiable by birth cert or passport only, and proof of residency, verifiable by recent utility bill only (issued within 6 months of win).

Prize for 1 winner consists of 1 Stanley Cara Insert Solid Fuel Stove to the max value of €1,050 (model/colour/spec as specified by the promoter, no cash alternative) and €250 towards Stove installation will be paid to the winner by euro cheque (issued to the winner, allow 28 working days for delivery)
The Promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal value (as determined by the Promoter) if a prize element becomes unavailable for any reason whatsoever.

Employees of RTÉ, Phonovation, Xiam Interactive and their associated promotional partners, companies or suppliers and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter/win.

RTÉ's decision in relation to selection of competition winner is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

RTÉ standard competition terms and conditions also apply.

Ladies GAA Final

Juliet Murphy, Doireann O'Sullivan, and Anne-Marie Walsh are just as legendary in the field of women's Gaelic football as Martina Navratilova is in the tennis world.

Because these three women, three of the finest Rebelettes ever to play the game, yesterday secured Cork's EIGHTH all Ireland victory in nine years. What an achievement!

And yesterday, Derek and Brenda Donohue were privileged to witness that accomplishment firsthand, in one of the tightest and most nail-biting finishes in living memory.

Croke Park

Ahead of the match

Derek and Brenda in the crowd!

At the game

All to play for...

The final score!

Tipperary goalkeeper tells Brenda why she was sent to the 'sin bin'

Broken hearted Tipperary player

Tipperary intermediate ladies football team

Cork are champions

Brenda with President Michael D. Higgins

National Bird Of Ireland?

Last week we got a ‘tweet’, quite ironically, asking does Ireland have a national bird? The tweet came from Mooney listener Jack Quinn.

Well, on Friday we invited Niall Hatch from BirdWatch Ireland onto the show and we talked about the issue.

We learned that it is more of an American phenomenon... very few European countries have a national bird although the Gallic Rooster is the national bird of France and features on the country’s international rugby jerseys.

Niall explained that it would take an Act of the Oireachtas to officially declare a National Bird and we thought, why don’t we make some preliminary moves to make that happen?!

But what should the National Bird of Ireland be? Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden brings us a selection of your selections so far!  What bird would you choose to represent Ireland? Send your suggestions to or tweet @MooneyShow!

RTÉ Big Music Week & Finbar Furey

RTÉ Big Music Week & Finbar Furey

Finbar Furey returned to prominence this summer when The Last Great Love Song was the hit from The Hit, and earned him a number one singles placing in the charts. And we're thrilled that Finbar joins us in studio today!

Finbar Furey is involved in RTÉ's Big Music Week this year - he will play in the All-Star Grand Finale Big Music Week Charity Gig in aid of Barnados at Vicar Street Saturday night, October 5th. Presented by Kathryn Thomas, the concert will feature collaborations and surprise guests, with all funds going to the charity.

And we have 20 pairs of tickets to give away for the concert, to the first 20 people who can finish this very famous Finbar Furey song title:

When You Were Sweet...

Text your answers to 51551, or e-mail!

RTÉ's Big Music Train

Today, Brenda is onboard the Big Music Train, alongside country singer Derek Ryan and a carriage-load of Mooney listeners, and it's all in aid of RTÉ's fourth Big Music Week!


It is an offence to 'cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions'. For more information, click here.  

To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

Caring For Wild Animals

Please note that many species of mammals, birds, invertebrates etc... are protected under law and that, even with the best of intentions, only someone holding a relevant licence from the National Parks & Wildlife Service should attempt the care of these animals.  For full details, please click here to read the NPWS Checklist of protected & rare species in Ireland.  If you are concerned about a wild animal, please contact your local wildlife ranger - click here for details.


Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.  If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit



Contact the Show



Twitter: @naturerte

RTÉ is not responsible for the content of external websites

Presenter: Derek Mooney


Ways to Listen

Radio Player